How to Fight Through the Fear of Public Speaking
3 Tips to Help Get Over The Fear.
This morning my 11 year old daughter, Anna Lili, expressed to me that she was fearful to get up in front of her class and present a speech. The topic of her speech is why she believes having a dog is better than having a caged animal as a pet. We currently have a Golden Retriever as our family pet, and recently allowed our guinea pigs to be adopted by another loving family.
I told her that fighting through her fears of public speaking will open up doors to a very bright future.
Personally, I can relate to her fears. During my university days I took several courses which required delivering speeches and presentations. These experiences were far from enjoyable. Part of my very first job required me to give presentations to groups of 100+ people. I needed to find a way to conquer my fears and inhibitions quickly.
Speaking in public brings one of the highest rates of return in terms of professional growth.
Do you take public speaking seriously?
Here are 3 tips to help get over the fear.
1) Take the focus off yourself. There is someone in the audience who can benefit from your message. Focus on that individual and speak to them.
2) Be yourself. Speak honestly and from the heart. The audience will latch on to your energy when they know you are speaking from a personal perspective. The content will improve on its own.
3) Visualize. Can you see yourself walking up to the platform and delivering your message with power? Envision the audience listening intently and clapping at the conclusion. How do you feel knowing that you’ve had a positive impact.
If you’re struggling with public speaking, welcome to the club! Instead of being fearful, I challenge you to turn your anxiety into excitement.
Focus on the people in the audience who can benefit from your message. Be yourself and visualize. Delivery then will just be a matter of following through on your vision.
Question: How would your life improve by becoming a more effective public speaker?